20 June 18
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win great triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Ever-more sophisticated “facial-recognition technology” is currently in-use by government agencies, banks, casinos, et al.
Several IT companies are now suggesting that the technology be applied to schools in an effort to identify “potentially violent” persons as they approach school buildings. “This technology will put an end to school shootings,” we’re told.
Of course, we’re never told who is going to actually, physically “stop” this VCA, once he has been “recognized.”
Like the canary in the coal mine, this technology doesn’t actually “do” anything about violent threats!
I have to ponder how corrupt Marxist control-freaks throughout our entire government strata will predictably employ this technology, not to protect children, but to “mark” innocent political opponents, including “capitalists,” adherents to Western religions, and particularly gun-owners, as “possible” violent school invaders.
The NKVD, and the KGB, loved creating these endless, overlapping, and always secret lists of “enemies of the party,” “counter-revolutionaries,” and “fascists.” Most were rounded-up and sent off to gulags. Precious few were sever seen again!
Such “lists” are ever-lasting. They never go away!
Nowhere is it suggested that dedicated teachers and school administrators, competently trained and armed, represent the most effective, most immediate, and most legitimate protection for children.
Liberals will never, ever admit that adequately protecting school children will logically require a determination and willingness on the part of educators to engage in a “shooting war,” when necessary.
Heaven forbid that one of their poor, “misunderstood” VCAs would be unceremoniously removed from the kingdom of the living!
Adults, at least in this nation, are legally permitted to protect themselves with gunfire, when reasonably necessary. Some choose not to, but that is a personal decision made by individuals for reasons that apparently make sense to them. It a free, individual choice, either way.
However, children need real, physical protection from violent criminals.
We already know the gaggle of self-indulgent gas-bags who are going sit on the sidelines and talk about it, ad nauseam.
But, who is going to actually “do” it?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes-up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, when he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”
Theodore Roosevelt, again